Past progressive

The past progressive is used to describe an action that began in the past, continued for a period of time, and then ended in the past. It is formed with the verb BE conjugated in the simple past plus the present participle.

Past tense

In English, there are four different verb forms, or aspects, that together comprise the past tense.

Perfect aspect

English has four "perfect" verb forms, each of which is an "aspect" of the two English tenses.

Present perfect

The present perfect shows continuity between a relationship or an action that began in the past and continues into the present. It is formed with the simple present of HAVE plus the past participle.

Present progressive

The present progressive, also called the present continuous, is formed with the verb BE conjugated in the simple present followed by a present participle.

Present tense

In English, the present tense does not refer to only one verb form. In fact, there are four forms that together comprise the present tense.

Progressive aspect

English has four "progressive" verb forms, each of which is an "aspect" of the two English tenses.

Tense and aspect

"Tense" refers to the time period in which the verb of a sentence places an action. "Aspect" refers to the duration of an event within that tense.